Sunday, June 22, 2008

California Weekend

This weekend was a typical Southern California summer treat. Deb flew over from Connecticut and Cindy drove down from Santa Barbara. We headed out to Hollywood on Friday for the annual Daytime Emmy Awards (better known as Cindy's night of stalking). Cindy and Debbie went early to experience the red carpet festivities, and I met them inside the Kodak Theatre (at the bar) just before the show started. Also at the bar were two of the hunks from The Young and The Restless ("Cane" and "Daniel"). We went over to them and told them how much we enjoy watching them on the show. They thanked us and shook our hands. Very nice guys---cute too!

Inside the theatre, we quickly discovered that we had awesome seats (thanks to Cindy). Even though we weren't allowed to bring cameras into the theatre, we found a way to have this pic taken of the three of us in our seats.

The show, as usual, was kind of boring (but it was definitely more entertaining than the one we attended two years ago).  We did leave about 30 minutes before it ended so that we could find the best spot outside to stalk our faves as they left the theatre.

With Tracey Bregman of The Young & The Restless

Our best "red carpet" pose
With Daytime Emmy's host Cameron Mathison

With Chuck (who showed up later) and two new friends

Cindy was as cute as could be, chasing after everyone she knew and ensuring she was in as many pictures with her "pals" as she could get. Her crowning moment was when she was able to get a picture with her "boyfriend" of many years, Michael Easton. I'm sure she will post that photo on her blog (I don't want to ruin it for her by posting it here first).

I'm still waiting to get a pic with my fave, Christian LeBlanc of The Young and The Restless -- Cindy did see him on the red carpet and she snapped a photo for me, but I really, really want to be IN a picture with him.  Ahhhhh -- maybe next year!  I did get in a photo with Doug Davidson, Thaao Penghlis and Kristoff St. John, so I guess that will have to do for now. 

Spotted (from what I can remember):  
Greg Rikaart (Kevin Fisher-Y&TR)
Barbara Walters (The View)
Sherri Shepherd (The View; Host of DTE)
Cameron Mathison (past-AMC; Host of DTE)
Michael Graziadei (Daniel-Y&TR)
Daniel Goddard (Cane Ashby-Y&TR)
Christel Khalil (Lily Winters-Y&TR)
Bryton (Devon Hamilton-Y&TR)
Doug Davidson (Paul Williams-Y&TR)
Amelia Heinle (Victoria Newman-Y&TR)
Thad Luckinbill (JT Hellstrom-Y&TR)
Kate Linder (Esther Valentine-Y&TR)
Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe Mitchell-Y&TR)
Don Diamont (Brad Carlton-Y&TR)
Adrienne Frantz (Amber Moore-Y&TR)
Kristoff St. John (Neil Winters-Y&TR; Best Supporting Actor)
Jeanne Cooper (Katherine Chancellor-Y&TR; Best Actress)
Susan Lucci (Erica Kane-AMC)
Thorsten Kaye (Zach Slater-AMC)
Michael Easton (John McBain-OLTL)
Robert S. Woods (Bo Buchanan-OLTL)
Darin Brooks (Max Brady-DOOL)
Judi Evans (Bonnie-DOOL)
Rachel Melvin (Chelsea Benson-DOOL)
Thaao Penghlis (Tony Dimera-DOOL)
Bryan Dattilo (Lucas Roberts-DOOL)
Jason Cook (ex-Shawn Brady-DOOL)
Rick Hearst (Rick Lansing--GH)
Anthony Geary (Luke Spencer-GH)
Kirsten Storms (Maxie Jones-GH)
Greg Vaughan (Lucky Spencer-GH)
Tyra Banks (The Tyra Banks Show)

On Saturday, we got into the car and drove up to Santa Barbara for the annual Summer Solstice festival. It was very HOT, but the parade was great (three hours long!) and we had some good guacamole and beer. 

Sweltering in the summer heat during the parade

Unique parade float #1

Unique parade float #2

All in all, this weekend was good times with good friends.

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